Chateau Pape Clement Pessac-Leognan 2009

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One of the greatest, oldest and most historical estates in Bordeaux, Pape Clement was purchased in 1299 by Bertrand de Goth, who went on to become Pope Clement V; he put the estate's vineyards in the hands and management of the Church, where they remained until the French Revolution. Since 1986, this classified growth has often rivalled the great Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion in quality, at half or even less than half the price. Pape Clement sits on light, gravelly soil, and produces a wine with a gorgeous bouquet of black fruits, minerals and smoky oak. Planted to 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot with an average vine age of about 30 years, this is a quintessentially elegant and complex wine with concentration and balance. Remarkably approachable in its youth, Pape Clement is also a long haul wine in the top vintages such as 2005 and 2009.

From Hedonist's Gazette at the Magdalena Restaurant - The Ivy Hotel, 
Robert Parker - "The red wine flight was a colossal showing for the 2009s, with perfect wines (100 points) from Cos d'Estournel, La Mission Haut-Brion, Smith Haut Lafitte, Pape Clément and Haut-Brion. These amazing wines are not only showing their individual, singular terroir characteristics at age six, but the luxurious, extravagant richness and body of this vintage. As I have written and said publically many times, 2009 is the modern-day version of 1982, except much more consistent, as many more properties ratcheted up the level of quality by making stricter selections not only in the vineyard, but also in the winery as well."

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  • James Suckling

    James Suckling
    July 2012
    98 Wonderful aromas of plums and blueberries and flowers. Full-bodied with plums, stones, hazelnuts and milk chocolate, and a long, long finish. Marvelous. Best ever. Try in 2017.
  • International Wine Cellar

    Ian D'Agata
    June 2010
    93-96 Ruby-purple. Vibrant blackcurrant, blackberry and smoke aromas show noteworthy depth and purity. Big and ripe on the palate, but with lovely balance to its black fruit and smoke flavors. The very long, pure finish features a lingering mineral streak and very fine tannins. This exceptional vintage of Pape Clement packs an amazing amount of concentration on a seemingly weightless frame. More important still, although it pushes the ripeness envelope as most of the wines of Bernard Magrez do, it manages to come across as refined and graceful, even though it's almost brutally powerful.
  • Wine Advocate

    Robert Parker
    February 2012
    95 Although the 2009 Pape Clement may not be as sublime as the 2005 or 2000, but it is very close to those two efforts, and it will be fascinating to compare them (as well as the 2008 and 2010) over the following three decades. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc with a modest 13.5% alcohol, the 2009 reveals considerable structure and tannin along with tell-tale notes of burning embers, scorched earth, graphite, blueberries, blackberries and toasty vanillin, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. This rich, full offering is surprisingly backward. This cuvee should drink well in 5-6 years as one rarely has to wait a decade or more to enjoy Pape Clement. It should age for three decades or more. This 13th century vineyard situated in the suburbs of Pessac is owned by one of Bordeaux’s most interesting visionaries, Bernard Magrez. He has done a remarkable job in turning around this once moribund property that made a bevy of undrinkable wines into one of the superstars of Bordeaux.
  • Wine Enthusiast

    Roger Voss
    September 1, 2012
    95 This is a richly structured wine with beautiful perfumes emanating from the bouquet. The rich, stalky texture is balanced by the flavors of dark chocolate and black currant jelly. It’s big, ripe and full of potential, a fine balance between opulence and ageworthiness.
  • Wine Spectator

    James Molesworth
    March 31, 2012
    95 Rich and muscular, with exotic roasted spice, braised fig and warm raspberry confiture notes that are supported by a broad baseline of dark cocoa, tar and freshly brewed espresso. Not shy about its modernity, but everything is in place. Just needs to settle in with cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2030. 7,500 cases made.